How to Cover an Ugly Floor (Temporarily)

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How to Cover an Ugly Floor

Part of our budget laundry room makeover includes covering the ugly, old slate tile flooring we have in there currently. It’s very dark. And the space is already dark because there are no windows and it’s in our basement. (that’s why these photographs are so darn hard to get!) So it was just bringing me down every time I walked in the laundry room. However like I mentioned before, this is a Budget Makeover. I can’t just be replacing all kinds of flooring if you know what I mean. So are you wondering how to cover an ugly floor too? Maybe you’re a renter and you don’t think you have many options. Well – you do.

Read on to see the ideas plus how I did it!

Options for covering an ugly floor

Here are some of the options I considered regarding covering our ugly slate tile floor :

  • Paint the Tile – this would be a job. It’s messy. And I don’t really like the tile to begin with. And I feel painting it would just draw more attention to it. So this one wouldn’t work for me.
  • Peel and Stick Floor Tiles – a good option but unfortunately not for us! Our tile floor is made up of really uneven bumpy slate tiles. Peel and Stick Tiles are best used on smooth surfaces, like linoleum, glass, and ceramic. Bummer!
  • Vinyl Plank Snap Together Flooring – another cool option but not very cost effective when you are trying to stick to a budget. Home Depot and other hardwood stores sell this kind of flooring. You basically just click the pieces together and it lays on top of your existing floor. These types of floors may need to be cut down for the installation to work. So it can turn into quite a job!
  • Throw down a rug – Easiest option, most cost effective and a good temporary solution! There’s no mess, no painting, no installation.

Which option do you think I chose?

RUG! 🙂

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And lucky for me – I saved these black and cream Flor Carpet Tiles from our last home! So it’s a win win and a savings too.

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Unfortunately, the floor tiles were too big. I could only get two squares to fit side by side in the space, which just looked awkward and didn’t cover up enough of that ugly floor.

So – guess what I did?

I simply trimmed them down! Using a regular ol’ scissors too. But I think a carpet knife would make the job a bit easier. I only had a few tiles to cut so it wasn’t a big deal.

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I never considered doing this before, but it was much easier than I thought it would be. And now I have a beautiful, soft rug that covers up most of the blah floor. And it’s black and ivory – which fits into my design theme perfectly.

Installing Carpet Tiles

Some carpet tiles come with self adhesive in the back. Others, like these Flor Tiles, come with stickers that you have to put on to hold them together.

Images via Flor.com.

You can lay them out in any pattern and direction you want, then just stick on the dots to hold them together. Some of them may have to be cut down like I did. But it’s a great wall-to-wall custom carpet option.

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If you are a renter – this would be another option for covering up a floor that you can’t stand but can’t really change in your rental.

Another fantastic plus with using carpet tiles is that when one carpet tile gets dirty – you can simply replace that one tile without replacing the entire rug or carpet.

Carpet tiles can be pricey, but everyone from Amazon to Home Depot to specialty companies like Flor sell them. So there are a lot of options/colors/patterns out there for you choose. And I love that they are recyclable!

A Kid Friendly Option for Covering up Ugly Floors

If you have little ones and you are looking for an easy, inexpensive, soft, durable, more waterproof, non toxic option for covering up a floor (I realize that was a mouthful of adjectives) – try one of these interlocking playmats!

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foam playmats in fun patterns and designs cover an ugly floor inexpensively (image via amazon)

Amazon sells a bunch of them and another company, Little Nomad, (which was featured on Shark Tank) , also sells them in so many trendy designs and patterns. You don’t have to worry about your kids falling because these are padded.

These foam playmats simply interlock together to form a solid piece, and although I haven’t tried it personally, you can probably cut down the foam to fit the space you need.

Covering up that ugly floor = Done!

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This laundry room is looking better already. I can’t wait to get the paint on the walls and some other budget friendly decor ideas done!

What’s your favorite way to hide an ugly floor? Let me know if you tried any of these ideas or have any new ones! I’d love to know so we can all benefit from the ideas. 🙂

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